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Proving Surgery-Related Medical Malpractice in Maryland

By Dianne Freed on October 2, 2017

Medical malpractice in Maryland encompasses many different types of medical errors and surgical mistakes. Every medical procedure, including a surgery, has a certain amount of risk associated with it. That’s why, in virtually every case, a patient signs a waiver before any medical or surgical procedure.

Although surgeons take many precautions to avoid mishaps during medical procedures, mistakes invariably happen—and when they do, serious injuries and damages can result to innocent patients.

If you have sustained injuries and damages as a result of a Maryland health care provider’s negligence, the skilled medical malpractice lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, can review the facts of your case, challenge any liability disputes raised by the health care provider’s insurance company, negotiate with the insurance company, or file a lawsuit on your behalf, helping you recover the monetary compensation you need and deserve.

Proving a Medical Malpractice Claim in Maryland

For an injured plaintiff to prove that a surgeon committed medical malpractice, the patient must ordinarily prove a breach of the applicable standard of care. A surgeon is held to the standard of care of a hypothetical “reasonable surgeon” acting under the same or similar circumstances. An injured patient must ordinarily introduce the medical testimony of another surgeon or physician who can demonstrate that the operating surgeon performed a medical procedure negligently or incorrectly—and that this medical mistake resulted in injuries and damages to the patient.

Common Medical and Surgical Errors in Maryland

When a surgeon is incompetent or lacks the necessary medical knowledge, skills, training, or experience to perform a surgical procedure properly, serious injuries and damages can result. Surgical errors that oftentimes form the basis for medical malpractice lawsuits include:

  • Neglecting patients by failing to sterilize or maintain surgical instruments or equipment, causing patients to suffer from infections or sustain some other serious injury.
  • Poor communication between physicians, nurses, and other hospital staff, resulting in surgical errors or botched surgical procedures.
  • Misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose serious complications or failing to treat certain injuries.
  • Poorly performed surgical procedures or negligently performed procedures, such as leaving a sponge, towel, or surgical instrument inside of a patient prior to completing a surgical procedure.
  • Surgeon fatigue, resulting from surgeons who work for hours on end without sleep.
  • Performing an unnecessary surgery, performing surgery on the wrong body part, or performing an unnecessary procedure to which the patient did not provide informed written consent.
  • Discharging a patient prematurely and without allowing time for observation before leaving the hospital or emergency room.

Contact a Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case

If you have sustained injuries as a result of a negligently performed surgery or other medical procedure, you may be eligible for monetary compensation under Maryland law. The medical malpractice attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, can file a medical malpractice claim on your behalf, and, if necessary, litigate your case through the Maryland court system.

To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer, please call us at (844) 632-7274 or contact us online today.

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